Saturday, March 23, 2013

Colored Clay

I couldn't bother with Dry Weight, SG and all the calcalution.  I just did the quick and dirty. Assuming dry weight is 80% of wet clay weight, then add 5% stain. Will see if this dirty trick works.

I am a copy-cat this week, copying from this video on my rounds on Youtube. I didn't follow it to the T.  I did it sort of off the top of my head and it looks great to me.

Check out what others are doing at Mud Colony.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Naked Clay

Now I think of it, this is the very first teapot I have ever made. Remember I have shown you in earlier posts the making of it. 

It now has been glaze-fired. The outside is naked clay. I love the color and texture of this clay without glaze.  It is glazed on the inside. This clay is extremely sandy and I avoided glazing on the inside where the sprout connecting the body.  The first time when I glazed the inside, the glaze which needed to be thick to ensure there is no water leakage blocked the holes at the sprout completely.  

So I washed it off and for the second time, I dabbed water with a brush around the inside of the sprout so that those holes would be saturated with water, hence could not absorb any glaze.  

Being glazeless around the sprout, it is now leaking water.  The only fix is probably glazing the outside as well. I may just glaze half of the pot. I love the naked clay too much. 


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Front row seat at my wheel

Here is the thing about me. I don't do what others tell me to do. But when something is mentioned causally, not even noticeable, I take it to heart.

A friend at work said something about why don't I film throwing on wheel. I immediately said I can't. There are no hands. But of course there is always a solution for everything.

This past Sat. I pretty much had the studio to myself.  With a camera in hand, we are in business.

It is actually useful to me to watch how I throw.  

The filming took less than 20 mins. But the editing and uploading took like 7 hrs.  Hope you enjoy it.

By the way, Mud Colony, check it out!

Nerikomi - dried

Now they are dried and sanded off. All ready for bisque firing.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


This is my process or version of Nerikomi. Using black stain and porcelain.

P.S. Link to Mud Colony

Saturday, March 9, 2013


I want you to feel this post. No words can translate the feeling.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tea anyone?

This little guy is coming along nicely. I'm a slow worker. Trimming foot, sharpening the body and lines, attaching sprout and handle took 5 hrs. I thought I would have time to throw a few lids but no. It was time to go. A few pictures below to share my studio day with you all.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

3 is the Charm

On the bus to the studio with my three essential tools. Chai tea, apron and headband.

It's getting hot

Yesterday was a 7-hr sanding day. My hands are like sandpaper.